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Tourist fun in Toronto

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A May 2011 trip to Toronto by RLB2

Hotel Novotel Toronto Centre Photo, Toronto, Ontario More Photos
Quote: A flying visit to this vibrant city on the Canadian Lakes!

Distillery Historic District

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Attraction | "Fun & Games in the Distillery District"

Distillery Historic District Photo, Toronto, Ontario
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This area of Toronto has only been around for just under a decade. Prior to that it was a group of derelict Victorian buildings that had been pronounced a national historic site. It has been transformed and since 2003 has been a collection of eateries, bars and shops that keep the history alive while creating a modern space for people to enjoy. The site was home to Gooderham and Worts Distillery, which at one time was the largest distillery in the British Empire.We arrived late on in the afternoon looking for somewhere the eat, but were soon waylaid by the wonderful shops, many of which contain unique one of a kind items. Unfortunately they also tended to have unique one of kind type price...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 12, 2011

Distillery Historic District
55 Mill Street
Toronto, Ontario M5A 3C4
(416) 364-1177

Fort York National Historic Site

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Attraction | "Step back to how Toronto used to be!"

Fort York National Historic Site Photo, Toronto, Ontario
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I would reckon that lots of people from the U.K. don't know that Toronto was orginally called York. I found this particularly interesting because I live near the actual York in the U.K. and so was quite keen to learn something of the history of the region. Basically modern Toronto began it's life as a garrison on the site of the current Fort York built in 1793 by Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe. He built the garrison because he was fearful of war with the United States. The fort was originally on the shoreline of Lake Ontario, although now it is quite a way inland because of siltation and land reclamation. The fort was going to be a major naval base to control Lake Ontario and was indeed requir...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 12, 2011

Fort York National Historic Site
250 Fort York Blvd.
Toronto, Ontario M5V 3K9
(416) 392-6907

Hockey Hall of Fame

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Attraction | "A must for all hockey fans!"

Hockey Hall of Fame Photo, Toronto, Ontario
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If like me you have followed ice hockey for most of your adult life, but don't live in Canada, then visiting the Hockey Hall of Fame is pretty much a must when you're in Toronto. You can find it on Yonge Street (the longest street in the world) near Union Station. Before entering I was warned that the building that it is housed in is one of the most haunted buildings in Toronto (if you believe in that sort of thing).Not only is the building a Hall of Fame for the greats of Ice Hockey but it is also a museum. I would also recommend having a meal at Gretsky's either before or after your visit because there are some nice pieces of memorabilia in there too. I didn't think it was too expensive ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 12, 2011

Hockey Hall of Fame
30 Yonge St (at Front Street West)
Toronto, Ontario M5E 1X8
(416) 360-7765

CN Tower

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Attraction | "A big tower in the heart of downtown"

CN Tower Photo, Toronto, Ontario
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The CN Tower is one part of the Toronto skyline that you really can't miss. When we were there it was the third tallest tower in the world, yet when it was built in 1976 it was the world's tallest tower, a record that it held for 34 years. In addition to this in 1995 it was declared one of the modern seven wonders of the world.We thought that a trip to the top would be most spectacular at nightime (also it meant we could cram in loads of other things on our short time in Toronto). Even an hour before it closed for the day, the line to buy tickets was really quite long, we thought we might not even get up to the top. There are loads of different types of tickets to choose from, with the mos...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 12, 2011

CN Tower
301 Front St West
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2T6
(416) 868-6937

Hotel Novotel Toronto Centre

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Hotel | "A comfortable chain hotel in centre of Toronto"

Hotel Novotel Toronto Centre Photo, Toronto, Ontario
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We arrived in Toronto having spent 4 nights on the trans-Canadian railway from Vancouver. Understandably we were keen to find a hotel that would have all the mod-cons and we could rely on to be comfortable. Having stayed in Novotels elsewhere we were confident that this would meet our requirements. We were not disappointed, being walking distance from the train station we were soon checking in with the super polite and efficient staff on the front desk. A short hop across the lobby and we were in the elevators taking us to our 4th floor twin room.The room itself was down a corridor away from the elevators, the corridor was quiet for the entire time we were there. The room was really very s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 12, 2011

Hotel Novotel Toronto Centre
45 The Esplanade
Toronto, Ontario M5E1W2
(+1) 416/3678900